Review of Heidi

Mostly known because of the old cartoon tv show and a few movie adaptations, Heidi is a book written by Johanna Spyri.

Published on 1959, Heidi, brings us the tale of the so called young girl who is sent to live in the Swiss’ Alps with her ill humored grand father.

There’s not to much to say about Heidi, because it is a children story, and as most books for kids it’s simple, not too long, entertaining and it is perfect for a light reading.

In my case, I started reading Heidi to take me away of the other book I am reading: Meditations by Marco Aurelius, emperor of Rome. Because that one is a heavy philosophical book, and since I don’t like to condense myself with other people’s philosophies, I mix them with other children books to try to keep a balance between hard deep readings with simple and entertaining ones.

Back to Heidi, like I said before, the most I can say about it it’s a resume, the book is simple and it tales the tale of Heidi, a free spirited girl, who after having lived with her grandparent for some time in the Swiss’ Alps, she is taken to Frankfurt to serve as a friend to a sick girl called Clara. So it shows the contrast of living in the mountains vs the city.

But then, as free as Heidi was, living in the city wasn’t suiting pretty well, because she was not a city girl. So she eventually gets sick and has to be back to her dear Alps.

As expected from a child book, Heidi is full of morals and good values, and it even becomes a very religious book, which I loved, because it teach children the basics of god, hope and faith. It also teaches the values of patience, and to accept things as they come because everything will make sense in the right time. (And here I must quote Olaf from Frozen 2: “Everything will make sense when I grow old” but, although Olaf then say that it doesn’t, it kinda does or at least for me it does, it just all depends on how we look at things, but I’m getting off topic...)

The only thing I dislike about the book, it’s that it turns too miraculous in the end which reminded me a lot of The Secret Garden, but then again, it is a children book, and we have to give the children happy endings, and miraculous things in their readings to open their mind so they can believe that everything is possible. Because as I have stated several times here in my blog it is.

So, despite I downloaded Heidi for free in my iPad using iBooks (you can download it too in this link), I might be getting a hard copy of it to give it to my niece and nephew so they can read it as well. Because I think that every kid reader should read this book as it’s so nice, fun and entertaining.

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